November 2007
Wastewater Proposed as Hydrogen Fuel Source
Under the leadership of assistant professor of biological and ecological engineering Hong Liu, researchers at Oregon State are developing an approach to hydrogen production from several types of biowaste, including ordinary municipal sewage. This approach would cost considerably less than traditional “electrolysis” technology for use in the hydrogen fuel cells that many believe will power automobiles of the future. Read more...
Kudos to OSUís First Contingent of ARCS Scholars
The Portland Chapter of the national ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation has named four CoE students as 2008 ARCS Scholars: PhD candidates Wade Marcum (NE), Sarah Oman (ME), Eric Patterson (Mat Sci), and Jacob Postman (ECE). ARCS Scholars receive $5,000 per year for three years or until the completion of their doctoral degree, whichever comes first. This is the first year ARCS has awarded scholarships at OSU. Read more about ARCS here…
EECS Faculty Joins NIH Council
EECS professor Cheri Pancake has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The Council serves as the principal advisory body to the NIBIB, a component of the National Institutes of Health. The Council provides recommendations on research priority and opportunities in biomedical imaging and bioengineering and research training. Read more…
2008 College-Wide Awards Honor CoE Faculty, Staff, and Grad Students
At last month’s annual College of Engineering breakfast, the following individuals received awards for their outstanding contributions. Burgess Tektronix Award: Elizabeth Beaudry, CBEE. GTA Award: Debra Gilbuena , CBEE, and Matt Shuman, EECS. GRA Award: David Hong, EECS. Classified Employee Award: Nancy Brickman, CCE. Professional Faculty Award: Luke McIlvenny, CoE. Austin/Paul Award: Mike Bailey, EECS. Research Award: Harry Yeh, CCE. Engelbrecht Young Faculty Award: Alan Fern, EECS. Loyd Carter Award: Ted Brekken, EECS. Alumni Professor Award: Wayne Huber, CCE. Research Collaboration Award: Martin Erwig, EECS.
Nuclear Engineering Awarded $6 Million to Build Next Generation Test Facility
In a cooperative agreement with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics was recently awarded $6 million to build a one-quarter scale High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR) at OSU. A next-generation reactor, the HGTR is receiving increased interest worldwide as a promising future energy option. Read more…
Engineering Co-op Cited as "Power Behind Oregonís High-Tech Workforce"
Mike Sabo (ME), Aaron Breault (CpE), and Shannon Marks (ECE) are only three of 1,800 students who, over the past 30 years, have cut their engineering teeth on a unique, Pacific Northwest internship cooperative called the Multiple Engineering Co-op Program (MECOP). But their stories testify to the value of this extraordinary industry–university partnership, which is featured in the fall 2008 OSU President’s Report. Read more…
Columbia Power Teams with OSU for Wave Energy
A collaboration between OSU, Columbia Power Technologies and the U.S. Navy’s facilities engineering command has successfully tested a direct-drive wave energy generator prototype in the ocean near Newport, Oregon. The plan is to commercialize the technology within three years. OSU is working in several areas of wave energy development, including new technologies, assessments of potential biological and environmental impacts, site evaluations, and outreach to coastal communities and interest groups. Read more…
OSU Alum Named Trident Microsystems VP
Trident Microsystems, Inc. a leader in high-performance semiconductor system solutions for the multimedia and digital television markets, has named OSU alumnus Saeid Moshkelani Senior Vice President of Engineering. He is responsible for worldwide hardware and software engineering execution. Moshkelani earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering at OSU. Read more…
Pettit Heads Back Into Orbit
Astronaut and OSU alum Don Pettit (BS ChE ’78) will make his second journey into orbit on space shuttle Endeavour's mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour is targeted to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 14, at 7:55 p.m. EST. Read more…
OSU Saturday Academy Reaches Students Statewide
Almost 200 5th – 12th graders from 30 Oregon communities participated in this year’s Saturday Academy summer programs at OSU. Attendees tested structures for earthquake stability, designed and built robots, created Web sites, experimented with Mentos and Diet Coke for rocket propulsion, and more. OSU Saturday Academy also hosted this year’s Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering Program’s midsummer conference. Of the 23 ASE students who completed their research apprenticeships at OSU this summer, twelve were mentored by CoE faculty. Read more about OSU Saturday Academy here
$2.4 Million Gift Endows Engineering Scholarship
Peter Johnson, '55 ChE, and his wife Rosalie, have donated $2.4 million to the School of CBEE to endow the Peter and Rosalie Johnson Scholarship Fund, a unique scholarship–internship program that has benefitted more than 100 CBEE students since 1998. The Johnsons' gift arrives as the University launches a special Scholarship Initiative within The Campaign for OSU to raise $100 million for OSU students. “It’s a wonderful way to give back,” say the Johnsons. Read more about their gift here.
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"My education at Oregon State has served me very well in my life, and Rosalie and I want to help future OSU students have the opportunities we had by supporting them through scholarships"

Peter Johnson, OSU ChE 1955, founder of Tekmax Inc.

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